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Dade Plans To Further Reduce Metrorail Service In 2018

Miami-Dade is proposing budget cuts in 2018 that would result in the reduction of Metrorail service.

The cuts will mean much longer waits for trains, and fewer operating hours. Headways at peak times will go from 5 minutes to 7.5 minutes, with MIA service reduced from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes. Service hours will also be cut.

Ridership has been declining since ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft came to the area.

The biggest savings will come from salaries. Over 20% of Dade transit workers don’t show up to work on a daily basis, adding to costs. The employees are unionized.

 

from the proposed 2018 budget:

As a result of lower full-fare transit ridership and reductions to the State’s Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund, the Charter County Transit System Surtax, and the County’s non-property tax revenues, the FY 2017-18 Proposed Budget includes increasing peak service headways to 7.5 minutes from 5 minutes, closing Metrorail services daily by one hour, opening Metrorail services by one hour later on Saturday and Sunday, and increasing service headways into Miami International Airport orange line to 30 minutes from 15 minutes, all of which will result in savings of $1.246 million in overtime, $2.7 million in electrical services, $634,000 in security services and $276,0002 in inventory (total savings of $4.855 million in FY 2017-18)

 

dade is spending over $300 million on new rail cars, which now won’t get as much use:

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

always wonder how miami even has electricity when i hear things like this…if ridership is declining its directly related to stupidity like this…if it ran more frequently people would absolutely climb aboard. yet one more reason that our leaders need to be replaced with younger forward thinking folks

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

I once took the Metro to a job interview after college and showed up dripping in sweat. Since then, it is hard to justify using it professionally with the humidity. I still love using it for the airport during rush hour.

Marc305
Marc305

Same thing happened to me when showing property. You just cannot show up to an appointment dripping in sweat. You can only make a first impression once. The minimal cost for an Uber or Lyft is more than worth it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are people really this fat?

Craig
Craig

Uber/Lyft subsidies making this trip costs “minimal” are going to disappear as their VC fundraising depletes. Neither of these companies are profitable right now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So true.:..horrible mismanagement, corruption, and just stupidity make Miami the least progressive and most dysfunctional major city in the country…their answer to a troubled system with declining ridership is to cut the operations…so they can expand the system…what utter nonsense..ride sharing may be the better way to go in the future rather than drastically expanding the system

Anonymous
Anonymous

“20% of workers don’t show up for work on a daily basis” the explanation is at the end of the article “the employees are unionized”. How about raising the productivity of the workforce to run the service more frequently without raising the cost.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The 20% is mostly hours being forcibly cut because not enough functional transit vehicles for the operators. It’s utterly Appalling!

Anonymous
Anonymous

That 20% is mostly of the double affirmative action demographic too. They make of the bulk of the DMV as well.

Rog In Miami Gardens
Rog In Miami Gardens

Is that some dog-whistle attempt at bashing Black workers?

Any worker, regardless of race, is as good as his management in hierarchical systems of governance.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Except they’re not hired on merit, rather virtue-signaling B.S. I’d love to know if the person who screwed up the platform length at the Miami Airport Station even speaks English properly.

Anonymous
Anonymous

you have facts to back that up or just racist nonsense? Miami is 65% hispanic of any race 15% gringo white and 17% black non-hispanic or as you disgustingly refer to them “affirmative action demographic”. The probability works out that a good portion of those absentee employees probably hispanic, more than likely cuban.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If the 10-15% white minority in a city in their own country were hired under what AA is on paper, I guarantee you transit would be more like Tokyo instead of Mogadishu. Sorry that’s an inconvenient fact. I love how “gringo” is apparently not a slur.

skept
skept

dude, stfu. white, black, hispanic workers—has nothing to do with why transit is underfunded in Miami. Tokyo’s transit runs so well because the transit agency owns land and makes bank off the real estate around transit. That can only work here if FDOT and the County don’t subsidize free driving.

Marc305
Marc305

As most of you who post regularly know I am a big proponent of public transportation. Whenever we get clients who fly in and out of Miami we have always recommended a building close to a Metro station and for the most part the feedback was good. I myself live a block away from a station so I did as I said.

All of that changed about a year ago when Uber and Lyft became more popular. The fact that you have to haul your suitcase from the Metro station to the airport shuttle and then to your gate is not a pleasant experience. So this last month I decided to take Uber and for about the same cost and in about the same time, I was dropped off right in front of my gate. The difference was that I was not sweating like I normally would have been when I got to my plane. It is no wonder why ridership is down. I still take the Metro when I head down to Dadeland Mall but for everything else Uber or Lyft are better.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Fair points, although an Uber fare to the airport is a good amount higher than the $2.25 Metro fare

Anonymous
Anonymous

Truth

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Just saw Marc’s post — fully agree based on my own experience.

Marc305
Marc305

@Miami Hurricane – I am from Washington DC where most of our Metro system is underground and therefore has A/C. I often wondered why did they not build enclosed stations in Miami back in 1984 when Metrorail first was constructed. Many more people would ride it if it did not involve sweating for over 15 minutes and now 30 minutes just waiting for the next train.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is all a ploy to make the service progressively worse to the point where the mayor will say “cant rely on govt to have a well run trasit operation, let’s build more roads instead to alleviate traffic”. They have been deliberately allowing the service to fall apart and then use that as an excuse to divert moneys to road infrastructure and to try and attempt to privatize the services. As idiotic and counterproductive as that may sound, that is really the agenda. This is why theyre now bringing up this excuse of worker absenteeism (which im sure has always been a part of the operation) to make situation look more critical in the eyes of the public.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I tend to agree. Municipal government is not or should not be partisan or ideological and yet both the City of Miami Mayor and Miami-Dade county mayor have gone out of their way to make their political affiliation known (big shock they’re republicans) and you have to wonder at what point does the modern republican thesis of “anti-governmentalism” come into play. You saw how enthusiastically Gimenez went out of his way out of left field to participate in the unconstitutional “Sanctuary City” fiasco, so it is not out of the realm of possibility that these politicians want government services to fail simply to prove an ideological point. That’s where we are at right now politically.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Big Highway is real. And they are forcing Transit into a death spiral. And Uber only makes congestion worse. Glad I left Miami before things get really bad.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The ones who suffer most are the laborers and downtown students that depend on public transportation.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami’s climate it not conducive to waiting 1 hr. for a bus, or 30 min. for a train.

Riding sharing (Uber/Lyft) is best alternative to driving.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Unless you’re heading to the beach in a bikini 😁

Alan
Alan

I like bikinis.

Anonymous
Anonymous

There is no vision if this town, driver-less cars will not save us.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“About 20% of Dade transit workers don’t show up to work on a daily basis, adding to costs. The employees are unionized.”

Go figure. These are government jobs, not a factory.

miami
miami

What needs to be reduced is the time our crappy mayor is in office.

mondocondo
mondocondo

Wow. All that new development underway along the US1 corridor assumes reliable metro rail ridership. Big blow to the county’s mass transit credibility.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Further cuts will mean less people will try to rely on transit service. High frequency service means people can RELY on transit being an alternative. Low frequency means people have to put more work into planning their trips.

I tried to take the train to the airport and missed it by a few seconds. Waiting 30 minutes for the next train to the airport is unacceptable! Who has an extra half our while on their way to the airport, work, or anywhere in today’s world?

MetroRail should never have been built into the northwestern neighborhoods. Those communities do not use MetroRail to commute to and from jobs along the line and we should not continue to expand MetroRail into areas that have no chance of using the system (those that don’t have jobs along the line….aka downtown).

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Miami New Times recently ran an article titled “How to live off $30,000 a year in Miami” and the interviewee basically said she does not own a car so she uses Uber since the bus runs so infrequently.

Rog In Miami Gardens
Rog In Miami Gardens

The line should have gone north along 27th Avenue to the Dade/Broward county line first,where you have the stadium,Calder and Browardians who commute into Downtown,Miami and beyond.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“increasing peak service headways to 7.5 minutes from 5 minutes…increasing service headways into Miami International Airport orange line to 30 minutes from 15 minutes”

These reductions in service were already put into place a few months ago.

Rog In Miami Gardens
Rog In Miami Gardens

Any time union-blaming begins, it’s usually a cover up for gross mismanagement of funds. What happened to the PTP (People’s Transportation) funds? The Citizens Independent Transportation Trust, during the economic downturn, allowed the funds to be used for daily operations.

Well, now that the local economy has improved a little, it’s time for those funds to be returned to pay for new buses, to upgrade bus shelters, etc.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The unions (not necessarily the workers) and government are obviously corrupt.

Jesus
Jesus

This has to be the stupidest thing ever done in the city so far. I get that ride sharing apps are helping out the traffic in the city but for how long will that work considering all the more people that are moving in to the city and the metro area over the next few decades? They need to start making investments into the future now in order to prevent such a catastrophe of our infrastructure, quality of life, cost of living, and economic potential.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I thought I heard it all from our 3rd World Countries Plantation Suburban Politicians….But this prove that was wrong again….

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why I don’t ride Metrorail: For 6 months of the year, even standing in the shade for more than 5 minutes results in a sweat-fest. I can’t wait for trains dressed for work without pretty much pitting out my shirt and making my pant look like I had an accident. So now trains will come less frequently–that makes a lot of sense. So more of us who could choose public transit will get in our cars, increase pollution as we sit at the incredibly poorly-timed traffic lights (yeah, fancy timing of lights is supposed to help but whatever they are doing on Dixie Hwy so far is a bust), increasing congestion on the roadways, wearing out the pavement, wasting our lives away sitting in traffic that is making life in Miami-Dade less and less appealing. Too bad we can’t afford the new construction downtown so we could live close by, but the average citizen is getting squeezed further and further away. Mayor Gimenez clearly wasn’t sincere or committed with the much-ballyhooed announcement a few months ago about 6 (six!!) new rapid transit lines. His retrograde choices and leadership make living in Miami more and more untenable.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“MUH DRIVERLESS CARS”

B-b-but, according to other scholarly comments, nobody would own cars anymore in five years.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please…they have to have cars, if not, what else will be driving over that $800 million dollar new bridge they’re going to build?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Dirty cars and air conditioning problems are not helping ridership. Never a problem with Uber & Lyft.

mondocondo
mondocondo

trash cans on rails…

mondocondo
mondocondo

Glad that all the new development being proposed along US1 depends on metro rail ridership! Big knock to the county’s mass transit credibility.

aceraroja
aceraroja
Unlimited money for roads, no money for transit. What the fuck is the plan? Announce six new rail lines and then cut service on the one we have? Uh. As far as Uber et al, no. These companies haven’t made a penny in profit and any sweet fares you’ve been scoring lately have been massively subsidized by Uber to kill cabs and steal transit riders. I personally know several people who drive and they simply don’t make good money, it’s just that it’s flexible and quick for them. Most of them are Venezuelans who haven’t finished the process of buying their work papers or buying a fake marriage in order to be able to work in their real professions. Lyft for sure allows them to sign up with their passport numbers in the SSN field. The whole paradigm is built on quicksand and it will end, but probably not after several taxi companies have been crushed and transit service has been canceled. Maybe the scam is Uber and Lyft are actually just preparing the ground for driverless cars and they’ll strongarm local govts into using THAT as transit lol. Help guys, I just don’t understand the endgame. Meanwhile I just… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

Gimenez already gave up on the SMART Plan. It was just a re-election gimmick. The only rail we will get is tri-rail coastal link and that will not be handled by this joke of a city.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re completely lost. Soon cars will drive themselves and rides will remain as cheap (or cheaper) than current subsidized prices. Wait and see.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami Dade Commissioners once again are proving once again their inability of governing a fast-growing urban center like Miami.
With a 3rd World Plantation/Suburban Mentality politicians Miami will never become a real city.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Death spiral.

Bryan
Bryan

I think the dense areas close to the CBD should take uber/lyft because these are low cost rides and the last mile of transit usually involves walking in the elements. I’ve said this before with owning a car and living in say Edgewater. Our city is built for cars and its usually more convenient to just take your car. The county taxes should be invested in High Speed Transit like the maglev train @ Shanghai. The train could go from the Airport, Downtown and along the North-South Corridor mirroring the existing metro rail line-Homestead. That corridor first because of the existing right of way. The county should focus on making cross county travel fast and cheap. There are a lot of cars crisscrossing the county. Nothing is centralized except the CBD and government center, Airport and beaches for entertainment and water access. The maglev in Shanghai does 18 miles is 7 minutes. Let’s focus on N-S and E-W High Speed Transit to hubs and then ride share the rest of the way.

Bryan
Bryan

I think the dense areas close to the CBD should take uber/lyft because these are low cost rides and the last mile of transit usually involves walking in the elements. I’ve said this before with owning a car and living in say Edgewater. Our city is built for cars and its usually more convenient to just take your car. The county taxes should be invested in High Speed Transit like the maglev train @ Shanghai. The train could go from the Airport, Downtown and along the North-South Corridor mirroring the existing metro rail line-Homestead. That corridor first because of the existing right of way. The county should focus on making cross county travel fast and cheap. There are a lot of cars crisscrossing the county. Nothing is centralized except the CBD and government center, Airport and beaches for entertainment and water access. The maglev in Shanghai does 18 miles is 7 minutes. Let’s focus on N-S and E-W High Speed Transit to hubs and then ride share the rest of the way.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And 300 million in new cars on the way. Goverment is good, at pissing away taxpayer’s money.

City Commissioner
City Commissioner

Car Sales Rules the Town.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What do the Brickellites have to say… Outrage or whatever?

Anonymous
Anonymous

LOL I said this a few months ago but you people wouldn’t listen… I think it was a blessing in disguise that Miami never had a good rail system. I was a big proponent of it a few years ago, but I’ve seen and experienced how ride-sharing is changing anything. Electric autonomous vehicles are making, not only car ownership obsolete, but also public transportation as we know it. I think only small rail like our beautiful metromover will make sense in the future. For everything else, Uber/Lyft/Tesla/Wymo will be our everyday choice. Listen, in the past 4 months I’ve been paying $2.99 in Uber to get anywhere in Miami up to Hollywood.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Seriously the metromover is the only thing they need to focus on expanding a little bit.

B Dub
B Dub

Metromover could be even better if they’d reduce dwell time from current 30 seconds to 15 or 20 per stop.
Add a North Loop up Biscayne, across to Midtown, and back by Wynwood and I could ride it all the time.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

Just wait till driverless cars take over. Mass transit will be a thing of the past except for in the most dense of places such as NYC, San Fran or Chicago.

B Dub
B Dub

Unless the driverless cars are also shared, I don’t see how that solves the problem. We still have the same number of single occupancy vehicles where roads are capacity constrained.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They will be shared… As Uber and Lyft currently are. Welcome to the present!

Wang
Wang
While I agree with the comments about Metrorail’s problems and how Uber/Lyft has them beat, I still refuse to use Uber/Lyft. I simply can’t get past the trust part. You just don’t know who that driver is and I will never get past that point. An upcoming danger for Uber users is software than can “hi-jack” the Uber driver and render his systems useless, and hold the passengers up for ransom, since otherwise without the system there is no way to arrive at the destination. Of course if the passenger knows how to get to his destination, that reduces the headache for him, but it still does not solve the issue for the driver and both may still need to pay “ransomware”. And this could even go as far as the “hacker” jamming the User’s Uber app with a fake screen showing a fake driver and car supposed to pick the customer up… Which of course can then become a very dangerous situation. And lets remember on a more basic level, Uber is full of fundamental problems: the drives get paid #*%#!, and their employee turnover is atrocious. Employees go through car odometers like crazy and end up with huge… Read more »
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